Count Willie Revillame among the celebrities who have lent a helping hand to those affected by Typhoon Ulysses.
In a phone call with Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro on his show Wowowin on Saturday, November 14, the television host said that he has sold one of his luxury cars to raise funds for victims devastated by the typhoon, which ravaged several parts of Luzon last week.
From P12 million, he said that he was able to sell the vehicle for P7 million.
“Naisip-isip ko, napakabait ng Panginoong Diyos sa akin. Una na noong pandemya, may trabaho kami, yung aking mga staff, 'di kami pinabayaan. Humaharap ako sa mga tao minsan na wala akong mask, kasi minsan nakakalimutan ko, awa ng Diyos di ako nagkakasakit," said Willie.
"Naisip ko, paggising ko isang umaga, tinawagan ko ang isa kong kaibigan. Sabi ko, ‘I-fastbreak mo nga yung isa kong kotse.’ Sabi ko, ‘I-fastbreak mo na to.’ ‘Anong fastbreak? Kahit magkano na lang?’
“Ngayon kinuha ho, binili sa akin ng P7 million," he continued.
"Aanhin ko yun nasa garahe lang? Sa panahon na 'to, hindi ko kailangan ng ganyan. Sabi ko, siguro ito na yung pagkakataon na makatulong ako sa mga kababayan natin ulit," he added.
On top of the P7 million, Willie said that he will donate an additional P5 million to residents in Marikina, and another P5 million to residents in Montalban, Rizal.
"E, ako naman ho 'to, pera ko naman 'to. Ito naman ay pinaghirapan ko, naipon ko naman," he said.
"Aanhin ko ang magandang kotse kung marami akong kababayang naghihirap? Kahit magbenta pa ng mga pag-aari na hindi mo na kailangan, I think this is the right time," he added.
During the phone call, Willie also mentioned that he donated P5 million to aid residents in Catanduanes that were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly earlier this month.
Ulysses, the 21st tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year and the 8th for the past two months, battered Luzon Thursday, November 12, with heavy rainfall and strong winds that left parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas submerged.
It left at least 67 people dead and forced tens of thousands of residents across the country to flee their homes, with some scrambling onto rooftops to await rescue amid severe flooding.